Six Flags Great Adventure featured rides named after Batman, Superman, The Green Lantern, The Joker and Harley Quinn. And now Cyborg has been added to the cast of characters. Great Adventure’s new attraction for 2018 is Cyborg Cyber Spin, located near the astonishingly good Justice League: Battle for Metropolis interactive dark ride.Anyone accustomed to visiting Six Flags parks is acutely aware that the chain holds the rights to DC Comics characters at theme parks. Until recently
Designed to mimic the movement of a gyroscope, Cyborg Cyber Spin rotates on three separate axes. The gravity-defying triple box design which enables forward, backward and sideways gyration was implemented several years ago by Switzerland’s ABC Rides but to the best of my knowledge there were no installations in the USA until now.
Cyborg stands seven stories tall and operates with a gondola seating 24 riders, 12 facing one direction and 12 facing the opposite direction. The gondola ascends slowly but picks up momentum quickly, swinging the riders within seconds of being dispatched and then flipping them every which way. As a 66-year-old prone to motion sickness I approached this ride with some trepidation but I’ll try almost anything once short of bungee jumping or jumping out of an airplane.
Any trepidation I felt about riding this contraption was quickly dispelled. While the ride is disorienting – not to mention more than a little disconcerting – I did not find it at all dizzying. What it was is unpredictable, gripping and refreshingly novel. It offers nice hang time and puts the riders into some precarious positions. At one point I found myself tilted to the left at an absolutely insane angle. I can't say that positions such as this are exactly comfortable; at times I found myself squirming but that's what the ride was designed for. The ride is variable according to riding position, weight distribution and ride cycle, the last of which is obviously controlled by the ride ops. I rode three times, twice from the front side of the gondola and once from the back, and each ride was different from the others. My final take? This is a fun ride whose compact footprint makes it perfect for the location in which it was erected.
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